Amazon's labor policies not well-received in Europe


Amazon's (AMZN) opposition to unions, in particular, hasn't gone over well with continental politicians and labor groups.

A figure at trade union Uni Global: "In Germany, the idea that warehouse workers are going to be getting opposition from an employer when it comes to the right to organize, that’s virtually unheard-of."

Amazon argues unions will hurt the speed at which the company can embrace new technologies (such as Kiva's robots) and fulfillment processes.

The complaints come amidst strikes by a portion of Amazon's German warehouse workers.

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  • Gary J
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    So Euro has sky high unemployment rates and they have a problem? Oh wait... "continental politicians and labor groups" have the problem.
    5 Aug 2013, 06:29 PM Reply Like
  • nemonemo
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    Obama would be so sad. No union thugs for Obama.
    5 Aug 2013, 06:44 PM Reply Like
  • stoj
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    they complain in Germany, because the unemployment benefit is about 75% of the pay at distribution centers ( but with unemployment starting at 2x the US, that is the wrong way to argue since the system is unsustainable in its entirety )
    5 Aug 2013, 07:00 PM Reply Like
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